First-Year Seminar: Cultural Perspectives on the Body The Atlantic World, 1600-1850 Colonial Latin American History Modern Latin American History Brazil: Earthly Paradise to Industrial Giant Historical Methods The Mexican Revolution Social Difference in Brazilian History Senior Seminar: Comparative Frontiers of the Americas
Barbara A. Sommer, Associate Professor of History and former Coordinator of Latin American Studies at Gettysburg College, received a Ph.D. in History with a minor in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 2000. She regularly teaches Latin American history courses, including The Mexican Revolution, Social Difference in Brazilian History, and a senior seminar, Comparative Frontiers of the Americas. Dr. Sommer has published articles on the culture and society of Portuguese Amazonia in various journals: Journal of Latin American Studies, The Americas, and Colonial Latin American Historical Review. Her essay “Wigs, Weapons, Tattoos, and Shoes: Getting Dressed in Colonial Amazonia and Brazil” appeared in The Politics of Dress in Asia and the Americas (Sussex Academic Press, 2007); and “The Amazonian Native Nobility in Late-Colonial Pará” is forthcoming in Native Brazil: Beyond the Cannibal and the Convert, 1500-1899 (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico). She has received research fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the Fundação Luso-Americana (Lisbon), and the John Carter Brown Library (Providence, RI).